Press Release Date: 14 Jan, 2010

Guoman Hotels Management Ltd has appointed Sanjay Nijhawan, COO Guoman Hotels UK, to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer International, based in Singapore. Nijhawan will be responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of the Guoman Hotels brand across international markets, with a specific focus on Asia. 

Tim Scoble, Chief Executive Officer Guoman Hotels Management said, “With the appointment of an International COO role, we are now able to start building our teams in both Shanghai and Singapore in order to support our growth ambitions across Asia. We will open two Guoman Hotels in China in 2010 – Shanghai and Beijing.  This will be the first time the Guoman Hotels brand and proposition has opened outside of the UK market.

He continued, “The plan is to quickly have further sites in the pipeline; locations which will match our ambitions, from India to China and south to Singapore. These are enormous growth areas and regions which will undergo dramatic economic growth over the next 20 years.”

In Shanghai, Nijhawan will be supported by Director of Operations Phillip Chambers, who has been working for the past 6 months to establish an operation based in Shanghai, ahead of the opening.

It is intended that Shanghai will be the first property to open, bringing to the Asian hotel market it’s first experience of Guoman’s unique proposition of traditional British hospitality and contemporary London style.

In the UK, Heiko Figge has been appointed to the role of Managing Director, Guoman and Thistle with responsibility for all hotel operations within the UK.

Based in London, Figge will be responsible for overseeing hotel operations across both the Guoman Hotels and Thistle brands, growing the business whilst continuing to develop the distinction between them.

Both brands will benefit from a significant investment programme over the next two years whilst the company continues to explore further opportunities to grow their portfolio within the UK market.